Did you know...? It may seem a little early to mention Christmas, but it’s always the right time to start planning a visit to beautiful Ballymaloe in East Cork – especially with the announcement that the annual Ballymaloe Craft Fair is back. Taking place this year across two weekends – Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November and Friday 26 to Sunday 28 November – the 2021 Craft Fair will see the fabulous Ballymaloe Grainstore transform into a magical market, with over 150 stalls showcasing and selling artisan products from Ireland’s finest food producers, artists, designers and craft brewers. The event, which is suitable for the whole family, will be open from 5 - 9pm each Friday evening, while there will be ample opportunity to browse and buy on Saturdays and Sundays, with the Craft Fair open from 10am to 5pm.
Did you know...? Aldi Ireland is once again celebrating another successful year at the National Parenting Product Awards 2021, winning a total of 17 accolades, as announced at the awards which took place on Thursday 23 September. The Mamia range, which is exclusive to Aldi, scooped six Gold awards for products including the Mamia Organic Baby Food Range and Mamia Ultra-Dry Air System Nappies size 6+, seven Silver awards, for products including Lacura Baby Sun Lotion SPF 50+ and Mamia Organic Strawberries & Apples Stage 1 pouch 120g, and four Bronze awards for products including Mamia Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes. Now in its eighth year, the National Parenting Product Awards is the only independently tested consumer awards of products and services for young families in the Irish marketplace.
Did you know...? The UK’s biggest food charity, FareShare, is set to receive surplus food from two Waitrose distribution centres to help feed people in need across the UK and to help reduce food waste. The distribution centres, situated in Bracknell and Leyland, will send surplus stock, such as short-dated items, to FareShare to redistribute through its network of charities and community groups. Ben Thomas, environment manager at Waitrose, said, “In addition to our commitment to help UK households half food waste by 2030, we also continue to research and find innovative new ways to reduce food waste across our own operations. "By linking up our largest distribution centres with FareShare's network, over time we will be able to prevent millions of items of good to eat food surplus from being wasted and instead divert it to the people that really need it most,” he said.